Saturday, June 2, 2007

Indian Air Force's single engine microlight expedition Round the World will kick off ,

This expedition will be flagged off by the Air Chief Marshal, F H Major, from the Hindon air base at 8 in the morning.

Wg Cdr Rahul Monga and Wg Cdr Anil Kumar will log a total of 40,806 kilometres in an attempt to beat the existing world record and create a new one in circumnavigating the world in a single engine aircraft.

The expedition will head off eastwards on June 1 and will make the first stop at Allahabad. After a few hours of rest, it will take off again towards Bagdogra. From there the duo will head out to Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Russia United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Oman and will finally return to India from the Western region into Jamnagar and to Delhi via Udaipur.
If all goes well, the expedition plans to end in Delhi on August 4.

The expedition, which has been in the planning stage for over a year with the Directorate of Air Adventure cell working at it, had to be put off at the last moment last year in order to allow it to commemorate the platinum jubilee of the Indian Air Force.

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